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Sands Resto Grill Subic Bay

Sands Resto Grill Subic Bay

We returned to The Lighthouse Marina Resort after our glorious and invigorating Sunset Yacht Cruise. It was nearly 7:00pm and just in time for dinner. I took a quick shower in our Aqua Terrace room which was our home for the two night stay.

Sands Resto Grill Signage

Sands Resto Grill Signage

The Sands Resto Grill is located on the ground level in between the lighthouse tower and the hotel’s front desk foyer. We stepped in the restaurant still energised from the day sailing and hungry from the sea air.

Sands Resto Grill Chef

Sands Resto Grill Chef

The roomy dining area was well lit, and thankfully lovely and cool!

A friendly member of staff led us to our seat.  We noticed there was a singer setting up to perform.  We were very pleased when we found we had been seated at the perfect table to enjoy the entertainment and a chef cooking some of the more spectacular dishes.

The staff happily announced they have a new executive chef.  We were in for a treat! We were to be sampling dishes from the soon to be released “new menu.”

“Our new chef, Chef Mario, prepares Mediterranean and Filipino food!”, the staff enthused.

Lighthouse Iced Tea

Lighthouse Iced Tea

A variety of drinks were served first. The Lighthouse Iced Tea was a mix of juice from cranberry, lemon, orange, Nestea and grenadine.

Watermelon Shake

Watermelon Shake

Two freshly blended fruit shake were also served – watermelon and yellow mango from the local produce. So refreshing, just what was needed!

Yellow Mango Shake

Yellow Mango Shake

Complimentary warm bread which had been baked in-house and served with unsalted butter was brought to the table first.

Homebaked Bread

Homebaked Bread

In came the Mediterranean Soup. The soup was warm and calming. It had a selection of fresh, succulent seafood, tomatoes and asparagus. This was a real winner!

Mediterranean Soup

Mediterranean Soup

“Kaldereta” is a popular Philippine dish that is traditionally goat or beef stew made with tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, chilli and spices. 

Chef had created a modern twist of this Filipino classic.  The dish was served as a deconstructed Kaldereta.  It consisted of beef tongue croquettes topped with Kaldereta sauce, green bell pepper sauce and togarashi.

Kaldereta Croquette

Kaldereta Croquette

I was compelled to shut my eyes while munching on the croquettes.  It certainly didn’t look like kaldereta but was unbelievably convincing from the tip of my tongue down to the first burp (if you’ll excuse me!) that it was indeed what it claimed to be. This dish levelled up in texture and flavour. It was the star of the night!

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

I always enjoy a salad of greens with some vinaigrette dressing with my meal.  I was so pleased when a Fattoush salad was served.

Another Filipino soup that was served was Chicken Binakol.  This again had a modern take on the serving style.  The fresh ingredients being the sliced chicken, mini scoops of yellow papaya, chayote, lemon grass and strips of coconut had all been elegantly placed in the serving bowl. Then the hot soup made with coconut water, garlic, onion and ginger was slowly poured over the dish.

Chicken Binakol

Chicken Binakol

Beautiful! With each spoonful, my mouth enjoyed a union of natural sweetness of the main ingredients, plus the mild homely flavours of the soup.

Chicken Binakol w Soup

Chicken Binakol w Soup

We were enjoying the duo sing so I had to request Jobim’s “Waters of March” which the two sang together beautifully.

Sands Resto Grill Entertainment

Sands Resto Grill Entertainment

We were further entertained by the cooking stunts of one of the chefs.  Such a fun and delicious time we were having.  Dinner and a show!

Chicken Kebab

Chicken Kebab

One of the two main dishes presented was the Mediterranean Chicken Kebab.  The chicken pieces were so juicy and tender. Yum, too delicious! It was served with rice, fries and pita.

Bagnet Kare Kare

Bagnet Kare Kare

Regular readers of Gourmet Getaways are familiar with our first Filipino dish, Oxtail Kare-Kare, created by no other than Miss GG herself. The restaurant showcased their own version – Bagnet Kare-Kare.

Bagnet Kare Kare w Accompaniments

Bagnet Kare Kare w Accompaniments

Bagnet is crispy pork belly that originated in a region in the Philippines called Ilocos. 

The chef used bagoong (shrimp paste) rice, the usual kare-kare veggies and bagnet. Served separately are the peanut sauce, a Filipino side called atsara and additional bagoong.

Yes, Julie. You read it right – crispy pork belly that was deep fried into perfection the Ilocos way. Forgive me for indulging but I did think of you in every mouthful (*winks)!

Chef Mario walked to our table for a little confab over the kare-kare. His special secret peanut sauce was to blame for the minuscule tummy room left for dessert.

Speaking of dessert, here come the sweets!

Tiropita w Frozen Yoghurt and mixed Berries

Tiropita w Frozen Yoghurt and mixed Berries

Like the bread, their frozen yoghurt for the Tiropita is also made in-house. It had a refreshing tartness and was mixed with berries that made the perfect end to my meal.

Thankfully my partner had a little more space for the Mango Halo-Halo Turon.

Mango Halo Halo Turon

Mango Halo Halo Turon

We were pleased to have savoured the distinct goodness of both cuisines. The next morning I still had musings of the croquettes, the soups, the bagnet and the desserts!

Sands Resto Grill is open every day from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM with nightly entertainment from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM and is located at the Lighthouse Marina Resort.

Gourmet Getaways dined as guests of Sands Resto Grill.

Sands Resto Grill

The Lighthouse Marina Resort
Lighthouse Drive, Central Business District
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines 2222
Manila Direct Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 2) 711.0019
Subic Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 47) 252.5000 or (+63 47) 252.7545

Comments

  1. Joyce Norada :

    A beautiful place and delicious food :-) I am craving for Bagnet Kare-Kare and Mango Halo-Halo Turon looks so delectable.

  2. Ooh loving all the dishes!!Chicken Binakol is new to me and looks delish!Oh and live music makes things even better :)
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  3. Oooh very fancy! And one of those Watermelon Shake’s would go down pretty mighty fine too!!! xx

  4. Thank you all for stopping by!!! Such lovely comments! Julie and I are very pleased to share with everyone some interesting food and travel in another side of the world, particularly in the Philippines :)

  5. There’s some really different food here. Really interesting as I don’t know anything at all about food from the Philippines. That pork belly…!

  6. Sounds like a great night out, love live music and the food sounds amazing!
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  7. This really is beautifully plated food. The food itself sounds delicious too!
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  8. Love this! So many different sides to Philippines you’re really making me want to visit, Juls!
    Winston recently posted..Lemon & Herb Seared Chicken with Porcini Cream PappardelleMy Profile

  9. i am loving the look of that Kare Kare!
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  10. wow, i am loving the look of that Kare Kare!
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  11. The mango halo halo turon combines so many of my favourite things!
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  12. Another fancy restaurant Julie, these one looks incredible! Have a nice sunday ;)
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  13. The Philippines looks like an interesting destination for food I must say! :D
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  14. Such artistic plating…and those drinks look almost too pretty to drink, too. Looks like you had a fantabulously fun two days!

  15. Oh it was so crispy!!! Live music, yes!!

  16. The food is very pretty and I would definitely be ordering the pork belly. There sure is a lot of peel coming off the iced tea! I do love it when I’m in a restaurant and there’s live music xx
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